1951 Rovin D4 news, pictures, specifications, and information
Chassis Num: 2289
Sold for $27,500 at 2012 RM Auctions.
The Rovin Type D4 was the company's most popular vehicle. Power is from a 462cc four-stroke two-cylinder engine offering 13 horsepower. It has a four-speed manual transmission and hydraulic drum brakes. This example was part of a large private micro car and was given a high quality restoration. It is finished in a burgundy finish with grey steel wheels and a tan interior.

In 2012, the car was offered for sale at RM Auction's sale in Amelia Island, Florida. It was estimated to sell for $40,000 - $50,000 and was offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $27,500 inclusive of buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2012
French based automaker, Rovin, produced vehicles from 1949 through 1959. Production at first was healthy, but after 1953, sales began to slow. The history of the company dates back to 1921 as a producer of motor-cycles. It was formed by racing driver and motorcycle constructor, Raoul Pegulu, Marquis of Rovin. The car was developed by Raoul but in 1946 production became the responsibility of his brother, Robert who continued to run the business after Raoul's death.

Following World War I, Rovin introduced their D1 prototype at the Paris Motor Show towards the end of 1946. The vehicle on display was a small cabriolet with no doors, a single headlight, and powered by a single-cylinder 260cc air-cooled four-stroke engine. Power produced by the engine was in the range of 6 horsepower. Top speed was in the neighborhood of 44 mph.

It is unclear how many (if any) Type D1 vehicles were produced for production. In 1947, the D2 was introduced and production began at the company's newly acquired plant at Saint-Denis. The Type D2, just like the D1, qualified for the 2CV fiscal horsepower category. The D2 was powered by a flat twin 423cc four-stroke water-cooled engine that offered around 10 horsepower. It had a three-speed gearbox and a top speed in the neighborhood of 50 mph.

The car had a small footprint and was formed from light-weight construction. Just like the D1, its engine was in the back. In the front there was a small hatch that provided access to the battery. The D2 also had two headlights.

Production of the D2 lasted from 1947 to 1948 with approximately 700 examples created.

Next came the D3, which was mechanically similar to the D2 but with a different body design. It had all new ponton format body with doors and the headlamps still stood out from the body. One of the reasons for this was to reduce the cost of production.

Production of the D3 lasted from 1948 to 1950 with approximately 800 examples created.

Next came the Rovin Type D4 which had a larger front grille and the headlights positioned slightly higher. Power was from a two-cylinder engine enlarged to 462cc and offering 13 horsepower. The length grew slightly and the gear box now had four forward speeds. Top speed was 53 mph. During the production lifespan of the D4, a total of 1,203 units were produced.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2012
Recent Vehicle Additions

2017 Jaguar XE SV Project 8

2017 BMW Concept 8 Series

2018 GMC Yukon Denali

2018 Fiat 500L

2017 Audi A4 Black Edition

2017 Renault Mégane R.S
Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's : Best of Show
The Concours d'Elegance of America, established in 1978, featured over 300 significant automobiles on the beautiful green at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, Michigan. This year's featured classes included Vintage Bentley, Auto Show '55, Bonneville Streamliners, and Dream Cars of the 1980s. Best of Show winners at the 37th annual Concours d'Elegance of America was awarded to a 1929 Duesenberg Model J owned by Charles Letts, Jr. of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and a 1937 Bugatti 57...[Read more...]
Thomas Scott Collection of Classic American Automobiles to be On Offer at No Reserve at Russo and Steele's 2015 Monterey Collector Automobile Auction Event
Scottsdale, Arizona (July 18th, 2015) – Thomas Scott is an accountant and entrepreneur from Athens, Georgia who has had a love for all things automotive for as long as he can remember. He possesses a lifetime of passion for buying, selling and working on classic American cars. 'I started out with the muscle cars — the Mopars, the Cobra Jet Mustang, the Chevelle,' Scott says. 'Those are cars that everybody recognizes — they're widely popular and very tradeable.' However, as S...[Read more...]
Auctions America Readies for Auburn Spring Collector Car Weekend
• A Spring tradition, Auctions America's popular Auburn Spring Collector Car Weekend returns May 7 – 9 to Indiana's Auburn Auction Park • Multi-day auction lifts gavel on diverse roster of some 500 quality vehicles • Sale highlights include an immaculate 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T Hardtop; an extremely rare 2006 Ford GTX1 TT 'Spyder'; and the Preston Evans Motorcycle Collection • Weekend also features a car corral and swap meet, along with the return of the AACA Special National Spring Me...[Read more...]
◾Ladder of HPD engines featured, from karting to Indy car ◾Indianapolis 500-winning Honda Dallara centers display ◾B-Spec HPD Fit demonstrates range of available products 11/04/2014 - LAS VEGAS -- Today Honda Performance Development (HPD) will feature nearly a dozen racing products at the Honda booth at the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (SEMA) in Las Vegas, illustrating the wide range of competition products and services offered by the racing subsidiary of American...[Read more...]
05/15/2014 - Torrance, CA With the addition of the all-new 2015 Pioneer 500™, Honda adds a heavy dose of fun to its line of side-by-sides. The Pioneer 500 carries two people to off-road adventures, is perfect for chores on the farm or a relaxed trail ride out in the country and it's packed with Honda's famous quality and durability at a suggested retail price of $8,499. 'My first drive in the Pioneer 500 was an eye-opener,' said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communicati...[Read more...]


© 1998-2017. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.